Coronavirus: WHO concerned at ‘rapid escalation’ of pandemic as deaths double in a week | AFP

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says he is concerned about the recent “rapid escalation” and global spread of the new coronavirus pandemic. “The number of deaths has more than doubled in the past week… in the next few days we will reach one million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths,” he told a virtual news conference. SOUNDBITE

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‘Nobody is safe until we are all safe’: WHO on coronavirus | AFP

The World Health Organization urges wealthier countries to support lower income countries through the coronavirus pandemic during its daily briefing in Geneva. Dr Michael J. Ryan, chief of the WHO emergency response plan, says that these richer nations “must move to protect” the others.

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Why A Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Developed In Record Time

More than 40 vaccines are being developed to combat the coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization. Here are some companies that are beginning or have started clinical trials with a vaccine candidate.

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Hand rub formulation: recipe for health professionals | AFP

The World Health Organization suggests the following ethanol-based formulation which health care professionals can prepare themselves. Formulation in an original videographic.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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WHO warns using ‘untested’ meds against COVID-19 could ‘raise false hope’ | AFP

The World Health Organization warns that the use of untested medicines to treat COVID-19 without proper evidence of their efficacy could be dangerous and raise false expectations. IMAGES

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World can ‘change the trajectory of the pandemic’: WHO | AFP

The new coronavirus pandemic is clearly “accelerating”, the World Health Organization warns, but says it is still possible to “change the trajectory” of the outbreak. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says “we are not helpless bystanders. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic.” IMAGES

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Trump’s Dangerous Coronavirus Name Game is Part of a Long, Crazy History

For the second day in a row, President Trump opened a press conference today devoted to an outbreak that has now killed more than 200 Americans without saying the word “coronavirus.” Instead, he substituted his chosen name: “The Chinese Virus.”

Other Republicans are also racing to rebrand the virus that causes COVID-19. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has called it “Chinese Coronavirus,” while Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar is trying to make “Wuhan Virus” a thing. One White House official even allegedly referred to the global pandemic as “Kung-Flu.”

The World Health Organization intentionally avoids this, and advises against any possible nickname for a disease that calls up people, places, groups, or even professions, because those names can create a stigma. Even the Trump-appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, told the House in a hearing that using location-specific labels for the virus is “absolutely wrong and inappropriate.”

There is a long, inglorious history of naming diseases after disdained groups. In 1495, Russians called a syphilis outbreak the Polish Disease, the Polish called it the German Disease, and the French and Italians named it after each other. The 1918 flu pandemic that infected over a quarter of the world’s population is still referred to as “The Spanish Flu,” even though there is no consensus on where that outbreak originated. Spain just happened to have the most reliable reporting at the time, as other countries censored their press to boost morale during World War I. Because Spain reported the first illness-related death, it got stuck with the name.

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Rome Fiumicino airport shuts Terminal 1 amid coronavirus outbreak | AFP

After shutting down Ciampino airport “Aeroporti di Roma” has decided to close Terminal 1 of the main hub of Fiumicino. The World Health Organization called for the “boldest actions” against the pandemic on the continent, the outbreak’s new epicentre. IMAGES

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EU chief warns against unilateral virus travel bans | AFP

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen warns against imposing unilateral travel restrictions to fight the coronavirus epidemic, as some member states have done. “General travel bans are not seen as being the most effective by the World Health Organization,” she says, calling instead for health screening at borders. SOUNDBITE

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What the WHO pandemic declaration means

The World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. So what does that mean? Experts weigh in to explain. (March 11)

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Over 70% of people infected with coronavirus in China have recovered: WHO | AFP

The World Health Organization says that more than 70 percent of those infected with the new coronavirus in China have recovered, adding that the country was bringing its epidemic under control. Out of the more than 80,000 cases of COVID-19 in China, “more than 70 percent have recovered and have been discharged,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in Geneva. IMAGES

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Threat of coronavirus pandemic now ‘very real’: WHO | AFP

The World Health Organization warns there is now a “very real” threat that the global outbreak of the new deadly coronavirus will become a pandemic, but stressed the virus could still be controlled. IMAGES

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WHO warns some countries not doing enough to fight virus | AFP

The World Health Organization warns that a number of countries were not taking all the the steps needed to fight against the spread of the deadly new coronavirus. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, says “the actions that demonstrate commitment do not match the level of the threat we all face”. IMAGES

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Protective gear to fight virus ‘rapidly depleting’: WHO | AFP

The World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that protective gear, such as masks and goggles used by health workers, to fight novel coronavirus are ‘rapidly depleting’. SOUNDBITE

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Nine times more new virus cases outside China than in: WHO | AFP

The World Health Organization says that the number of new coronavirus cases registered in the past day in China was far lower than in the rest of the world. “In the last 24 hours there were almost nine times more COVID-19 cases reported outside China than inside China,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says. SOUNDBITE

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WHO upgrades global risk of virus spread to ‘very high’ | AFP

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus says the UN health agency upgrades the global risk from the new coronavirus to “very high”. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus epidemic has ‘peaked and plateaued’ in China: WHO | AFP

The World Health Organization says the outbreak of the deadly new coronavirus has “peaked” in China, where new cases have been declining since early February. SOUNDBITE

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Iran, Italy, S.Korea virus cases ‘deeply concerning’: WHO chief | AFP

The jump in new coronavirus cases in Iran, Italy and South Korea in recent days is “deeply concerning”, says the head of the World Health Organization. SOUNDBITE N°1P97JA

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World must prepare for ‘potential pandemic’: WHO chief | AFP

The World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the world should be working harder to contain the spread of the deadly new coronavirus, and should be preparing for a “potential pandemic”. IMAGES

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WHO warns against virus over-reaction as death toll hits 1,868 | AFP

The World Health Organization has warned against a global over-reaction to the new coronavirus epidemic following panic-buying, event cancellations and concerns about cruise ship travel, as China’s official death toll neared 1,900 on Tuesday. AND SOUNDBITES from Wuhan.N°1OO651

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WHO sees ‘realistic chance’ of stopping virus outbreak | AFP

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says there is a “realistic chance” of stopping a deadly virus originating from China that has killed more than 1,000 people. SOUNDBITE

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